Title: Sworn to Forget
Author: Maria Imbalzano
Genre: Contemporary Romance
By all appearances, Nicki Reading is a star. PR director at a major music label, Nicki is sharp, successful, independent and confidently calls the shots. She dates whom she wants, when she wants, with no strings attached. But beneath that shine, loneliness flickers. Events from her past prove love leads only to pain. Commitment is not an option.
Until Dex Hanover, a classy, principled, and prosperous CPA, enters the picture. Undeterred by his unhappy childhood, he has an amazing capacity to be both caring and generous; giving his free time as a mentor for a child from the projects. Dex wears his paternal yearnings on his sleeve and he is at a point in his life where commitment is the only option.
Despite their opposing views, Nicki and Dex ignite each other. But will events from their pasts ruin their challenging relationship and prevent them from experiencing everlasting love?
A book that takes the reader through every possible emotional roller coaster possible. You get the highs and lows of life. You get love, you get heart break; you get life long friendship, you get dark secrets; you get hidden demons and you may even get a modicum of happiness. Maybe.
A lot of points resonate out of the terrifically written novel.
To go through life with preconceived ideas is just setting yourself up for failure.
You are never going to find happiness with someone if the first thing you consider is how you want to change that person.
To look for 'fatal flaws' in someone is again, setting yourself up for failure.
If there was a soundtrack to Nicki and Dex, it would be Sarah McLachlan's Push. I was brought to tears with Dex's proposal to Nicki. I nearly threw my tablet out a window with their last break up.
The Sworn Sisters connection is very relatable and a great anchor through the tumultuous lives of the Sisters. They support and challenge each other through love to bring out the best in each other.
You might say a lot of this book is how not to have a relationship. Trust must be there from day one or you are inevitably doomed. I was deeply challenged when reading this book. It is excellently written, and I recommend it to almost everyone. A hard read but one you won't be able to put down.
My Rating: 4.5 stars
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Maria Imbalzano is an award-winning contemporary romance author who writes about strong, independent women and the men who fall in love with them.
A member of Romance Writers of America and New Jersey Romance Writers, Maria has received many honors for her work including the ACRA Readers’ Choice Heart of Excellence Award and the Wisconsin Romance Writers Write Touch Readers Award. She also finaled in the New England Readers’ Choice Contest and NJ Romance Writers Golden Leaf Contest.
Maria graduated from Fordham University School of Law and practiced as a matrimonial attorney for over thirty years before retiring to focus full-time on her writing and speaking career.
Born in Trenton, NJ, Maria grew up in Hamilton and now lives in Lawrenceville with her husband. She is thrilled that her two adult daughters have become strong, independent women like the heroines in her books.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N